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Reese’s Peanut Butter Filled Cookies

Loaded with a nutty flavor, these Reese’s Peanut Butter Filled Cookies are definitely a swoon-worthy sweet treat! From the soft and buttery peanut ganache that’s hidden on the inside to the chocolate chips and crunchy Reese’s candy pieces that dot the dough, these cookies will be a hit with everyone who loves peanut butter!

These cookies take stuffed pillow cookies to the next level with the addition of Reese’s pieces of candy in the cookie dough. It’s a double delight of nuttiness that will have fans of peanut butter gobbling these cookies up in record time. Have a glass of cold milk ready to wash these down as you savor that first bite of a warm cookie filled with the soft, rich, and gooey peanut butter center.

These Reese’s Peanut Butter Filled Cookies are the ultimate treat for peanut butter lovers so this recipe is well worth the time spent making them! The cookie dough does require some chill time so that it can perfectly surround the peanut butter filling and bake up to scrumptiousness. So plan ahead or make the dough the day before and let it chill in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble and bake these peanut butter wonders.

Reese's Peanut Butter Filled Cookies

Ingredients Needed:

For The Peanut Butter Ganache
Heavy Cream – To make the filling rich and smooth.
Peanut Butter – Use your favorite pre-mixed brands, such as Jif or Skippy.
White Chocolate Melting Wafers – To add chocolate flavor to the peanut butter filling but keep it light in color.
Vanilla Extract – For flavor.

For The Cookie Dough
Butter – Use unsalted. It will need to be cold. Just slice it into pieces to mix with the sugar.
Brown Sugar – Adds a more caramel flavor to the cookie dough than white sugar.
Vanilla Extract – For flavor.
Eggs – Use large eggs. Let them sit out and come to room temperature before adding them to the dough mixture.
Peanut Butter – Use your favorite pre-mixed brands, such as Jif or Skippy.
Flours – You’ll need both all-purpose flour and cake flour for the perfect texture of the dough.
Cornstarch – Used to help with the structure and texture of the cookie dough.
Baking Soda – Leavening agent to help the cookies rise when they bake.
Salt – For seasoning.
Reese’s Pieces – Added to the cookie dough for a little peanut butter and candy crunch.
Chocolate Chips – Added to the cookie dough for a chocolate flavor to pair with the peanut butter.

Reese's Peanut Butter Filled Cookies

How To Make Reese’s Peanut Butter-Filled Cookies:

Note: This is a summary of the recipe steps. For complete instructions, see the recipe card down below.

For The Peanut Butter Ganache

STEP 1: Add the peanut butter, white chocolate, and vanilla extract to a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.

STEP 2: Heat the heavy cream to almost a boil before slowly pouring it over the peanut butter, white chocolate, and vanilla extract mixture. Let it sit for about 30 seconds to melt the chocolate.

STEP 3: Whisk it all together until smooth and set aside to harden.

For The Cookie Dough

STEP 1: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat and set aside.

STEP 2: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and the brown sugar before adding the remaining ingredients, one at a time. Mix well, scraping the sides down frequently to incorporate all the ingredients.

STEP 3: In a separate large bowl, add the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt and whisk to combine.

STEP 4: Add the dry ingredients to the peanut butter mixture, ½ cup at a time, until all is fully added and blended.

STEP 5: Add the Reeses pieces and chocolate chips to the batter and mix on low until combined.

STEP 6: Cover and refrigerate the cookie dough for 30 minutes.

STEP 7: Using a large cookie scoop, scoop out the cookie dough balls and set them on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet. You will need 2 scoops of dough per cookie for the top and bottom. Using your hand, flatten the dough balls a bit.

STEP 8: Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out small peanut butter balls and place one on half of the flattened cookies.

STEP 9: Place a piece of flattened cookie dough on the tops of the peanut butter ball cookie halves and roll the two cookie halves together into a ball. Do this for each cookie.

STEP 10: Preheat the oven to 410 degrees F.

STEP 11. Refrigerate the dough balls until the oven is ready.

STEP 12: Bake the cookies for 14-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest on the cookie sheet for 15 minutes before removing them to a cooling rack.

Reese's Peanut Butter Filled Cookies

What Is Ganache?

Ganache, pronounced “gah-NOSH,” is traditionally made by combining chocolate and heavy cream, resulting in a smooth chocolate mixture that’s used in baking for fillings, icings, sauces, and glazes. In this recipe, I use white chocolate wafers, heavy cream, and peanut butter for the rich and decadent stuffing inside the cookies.

Reese's Peanut Butter Filled Cookies

What Kind Of Peanut Butter Should I Use?

I’ve had the best results with a commercial premixed smooth peanut butter such as Jif or Skippy. I don’t use natural peanut butter, like the kind you have to mix yourself to combine the oil and peanut butter, simply because it will end up too runny, no matter how well you think you’ve mixed it. There’s a time and place for that kind of peanut butter, but this recipe isn’t it. Stick with the commercially mixed version for a smooth and luxurious filling!

Can I Use Crunchy Peanut Butter?

You could, but the thing I love about these cookies is the surprise smooth (and melty, if you’re eating them warm!) rich peanut butter center. There are a lot of crunches already going on with the actual cookie itself, thanks to Reese’s pieces, so keeping the center smooth is my preference. However, don’t let that stop you from experimenting with the crunchy peanut butter!

Can I Make These Cookies Smaller?

You’ll notice this recipe makes just 6-8 cookies. You might be able to get 10 cookies out of this, but you would definitely need to cut way back on the amount of the filling that you add. Because each cookie is stuffed with the peanut butter ganache, you need enough dough to form the bottom of the cookie and then the same amount to cover the top after the scoop of the filling has been added. So, less filling means less dough needed for the top and bottom.

However, if you’re wanting at least a dozen cookies, I suggest doubling the recipe. The easiest way to do this is to make the recipe in two batches. Why? That’s a lot of flour and other ingredients to double and fit in your stand mixer bowl without possible overflow! So, working in batches might be the way to go.

Reese's Peanut Butter Filled Cookies

Variations:

  • Swap out the chocolate chips for peanut butter chips in the dough mixture for an even more nutty flavor.
  • Swap out Reese’s pieces for chopped peanuts in the dough.
  • Leave out Reese’s pieces altogether and use peanut butter chips or white chocolate chips instead.
Reese's Peanut Butter Filled Cookies

Storage:

Store cookies in an airtight container on the countertop for 3-4 days. Baked and cooled cookies can also be stored in the freezer in a freezer-safe container for up to 6 weeks. Thaw on the countertop.

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Reese's Peanut Butter Filled Cookies
Yield: Makes: 8 Six ounces cookies

Reese's Peanut Butter Filled Cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 44 minutes

Loaded with a nutty flavor, these Reese's Peanut Butter Filled Cookies are definitely a swoon-worthy sweet treat! From the soft and buttery peanut ganache that's hidden on the inside to the chocolate chips and crunchy Reese's candy pieces that dot the dough, these cookies will be a hit with everyone who loves peanut butter!

Ingredients

  • Cookies Ingredients:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and sliced
  • 1 ½ cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temp
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cup cake flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cups Reese's Pieces
  • 1 cup chocolate Chips
  • Peanut Butter Ganache:
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup white chocolate melting wafers
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Gather all of the ingredients.
  2. Peanut Butter Ganache: 
  3. In a small pan add the heavy cream and heat over medium heat. 
  4. Bring the cream almost to a boil, then reduce the heat. 
  5. Stir the heavy cream and remove it from the heat. 
  6. In a medium-sized bowl add the peanut butter, white chocolate, and vanilla extract. 
  7. Pour the cream over the peanut butter, white chocolate, and vanilla extract. 
  8. Allow it to sit for 30 seconds, it will begin to melt the chocolate. 
  9. Whisk the peanut butter mixture until smooth. 
  10. Set the peanut butter ganache to the side to harden. Reese's Peanut Butter Filled Cookies
  11. Cookies: 
  12. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat. 
  13. Set aside. 
  14. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream butter and the brown sugar on medium speed for 2-3 minutes.
  15. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined for another 3 minutes. 
  16. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. 
  17. Add the peanut butter to the butter mixture and mix until combined. 
  18. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. 
  19. In a large bowl add the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt. 
  20. Whisk to combine. 
  21. Add the dry ingredients to the peanut butter mixture ½ cup at a time. 
  22. Mix to combine on low to medium speed until fully blended. 
  23. Add the Reeses pieces and chocolate chips to the batter and mix on low until combined. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Reese's Peanut Butter Filled Cookies
  24. Using a large cookie scoop, scoop out your dough balls, and set them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. For 4 cookies you will need 8 dough balls at approx 3 oz each 
  25. Using your hand, flatten the dough balls to ¼ inch thick. Reese's Peanut Butter Filled Cookies
  26. Using a small cookie scoop /ice cream scoop, scoop out small peanut butter ganache balls. Place the balls to the side. Reese's Peanut Butter Filled Cookies
  27. Place a peanut butter ball on only half of the flattened cookies. Reese's Peanut Butter Filled Cookies
  28. Place another piece of flattened cookie dough on top of the peanut butter ball cookie half. Using your hands roll the two cookie halves together into a ball. 
  29. Set back on the baking sheet. Reese's Peanut Butter Filled Cookies
  30. Repeat until all dough balls are created. 
  31. Preheat the oven to 410 degrees.
  32. Refrigerate the dough balls until the oven is ready. 
  33. Bake for 14-15 minutes. Reese's Peanut Butter Filled Cookies
  34. Let the cookies rest on the cookie sheet for 15 minutes. 
  35. Move the baked cookies to a cooling rack and allow them to reach room temperature.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 1267Total Fat 76gSaturated Fat 33gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 37gCholesterol 129mgSodium 1127mgCarbohydrates 133gFiber 7gSugar 78gProtein 23g

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